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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
Healthy People 2000 is a statement of national opportunities. Although the Federal Government
Americans today are taking a more active interest in their health than ever before. They
The yearly cost of treating alcohol and drug abuse is at least $16 billion. The total economic impact of alcohol and drug abuse, including not only treatment but premature death, accidents, crime, and lost productivity, is more than $110 billion annually. We would be terribly remiss if we did not seize the opportunity presented by health promotion and disease prevention to dramatically cut health-care costs, to prevent the premature onset of disease and disability, and to help all Americans achieve healthier, more productive lives. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives addresses these three points. It lays out a series of national opportunities. To support the development of these opportunities, a national consortium composed of nearly 300 national membership organizations and all of the State health departments joined the Department's Public Health Service to solicit and analyze comments and suggestions from people across the Nation. The Federal Departments of Agriculture, Education, Labor, and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency participated generously in the development of the national objectives. In regional and national hearings, the Public Health Service and its partner in this venture, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, learned what people from many sectors of society consider to be the priorities for prevention in the coming decades. This input has shaped the content of Healthy People 2000 as it has evolved from its first drafts through extensive public review and comment to the final publication. Participants included health professionals and others in health-related industries. The Department has had the honor of serving as a convener and facilitator in developing these goals, but they truly belong to the Nation. I commend this document for your consideration, to use as appropriate in your community. All those who participated in its development over the past three years can take pride in its clarity of vision. All of us can feel humility in the face of its monumental challenges, but we also can share a new sense of resolve to move forward to achieve a nation of healthy people.
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.